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Nexus 4 Bumper Alternatives (Updated)

Mon, 01/21/2013 - 11:50 -- Marshall Walker

If you were lucky enough to nab a Nexus 4 handset, then you're probably looking for a way to protect it. Since the official Nexus 4 bumper has been sold out as long as the phone, it isn't really an option for most Nexus 4 owners. Here are a few other Nexus 4 cases you may want to consider*.

Update: ZAGG's invisibleSHIELD is now available for the Nexus 4. The invisibleSHIELD is a popular screen protector for smartphones. It adds zero bulk and protects your device from scratches thank to its military grade patented material.

Ionic GUARDIAN Armor Case

Nexus 4 Case

The Ionic GUARDIAN claims to be the first "real designer" case for the Google Nexus 4. It also promises to provide ample protection from bumps and falls thanks to its soft inner silicone interior and outer hard shell with bumpers. The GUARDIAN is available in black, white, purple and blue.

Best Kindle Fire HD Cases

Fri, 01/18/2013 - 14:44 -- Marshall Walker

There are hundreds of Kindle Fire HD cases to choose from, but what are the best products? It all depends on what you’re looking for. Here are a few suggestions that cover a wide variety of scenarios for both the 7" Kindle Fire HD and 8.9" Kindle Fire HD.

Belkin Bluetooth Keyboard Folio Case

Kindle Fire HD Cases and Accessories

If you’re looking for more than just protection from falls and scratches, the Belkin Folio Case offers a QWERTY keyboard, with Kindle Fire HD-specific shortcut keys for easy copying and pasting, and other tasks. The case not only transforms your Kindle Fire into a laptop, but it also features a tri-fold design that allows for a variety of viewing angles for reading and watching movies. The Belkin Folio Case for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is $70

Limited Stock of Nexus 4 Phones Arriving a T-Mobile Stores

Mon, 01/14/2013 - 22:05 -- Alex Gardner

If you're still on the hunt for the elusive Nexus 4 from Google, and you don't mind agreeing to a T-Mobile contract, then you may want to check your local T-Mobile store. An internal document published by TMO News revealed that T-Mobile stores will be receiving limited stock of the handsets sometime this week. In this case only five handsets are set to arrive, so don't get your hopes up!

Nexus 4

If your T-Mobile store does not get, or sells out of the Nexus 4, you can keep checking their online store, or bypass T-Mobile altogether and follow the whohas.it Nexus 4 product tracker.

Fuhu Introduces Affordable Tablet for Tweens: Cartman Does Not Approve!

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 09:49 -- Marshall Walker

I thought all kids wanted an iPad for Christmas, but Fuhu begs to differ, rolling out an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean tablet geared towards "tweens". The nabi XD tablet is an "ultraportable" notebook / tablet PC with a 10.1-inch, 1,366 x 768 IPS display and NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad- core processor. It features front and rear facing cameras, NFC technology and up to 10 hours of battery life. Not bad for only $249 for the 16GB model and $349 for the 32GB model. However, this keeps reminding me of the South Park episode where Cartman's mom can't afford an iPad.

Fuhu Tablet for Tweens

The 10.1-inch nabi XD will be available late December in limited release and mid- January nationwide. Read on for the full press release.

Google CEO Talks About Getting Along with Apple and Integrating Motorola

Tue, 12/11/2012 - 11:46 -- Marshall Walker

In his second big print interview since becoming Google CEO, Larry Page talked to Forbes about his plans to integrate Motorola, gambling on Google Plus and his relationship with Apple.

When asked about the possibility of a Motorola Nexus device, Page said Google had not owned the company long enough to consider making one. Page explained Google's focus is to "get amazing products into users' hands in the most cost-effective, highest quality way possible".

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"Part of the reason why we've done Nexus devices in the past is that we want to build an amazing device that kind of showcases what's possible on Android, gives a way for the programmers to get early builds, does a whole bunch of things that are important. Exactly what we do, which devices we do, what the timing is, how we release the software with them, all those things have been changing."

Page also talked about the future of advertising on mobile devices and his thoughts on Google Plus.

Kindle Fire HD 7" Software Update Version 7.2.2 Brings Camera App and Kindle FreeTime Unlimited

Fri, 12/07/2012 - 13:40 -- Alex Gardner

Amazon has released a free software update for the Kindle Fire HD 7". Version 7.2.2 brings a new app for the front-facing camera and Swype (more info below). The update also allows parents to sign up for Amazon's new Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.

Kindle HD

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited gives parents and children (ages 3-8) unlimited access to thousands of kid friendly books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows. Basically, parents can pay a monthly subscription instead of taking chances on downloading unknown apps and entertainment they're not sure their children will enjoy.

ARCHOS Announces Android 4.1 GamePad Now Shipping

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 16:36 -- Alex Gardner

ARCHOS has announced its "first true Android game console" is now shipping in the UK. The ARCHOS GamePad features Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and full access to Google Play and Google Mobile Services. It is powered by a 1.6GHz dual-core processor and Mali 400mp quad-core GPU, and sports a 1,024 x 600 resolution touchpanel, physical control buttons and analog sticks, while managing to measure in at only 0.3-inches thick.

Android Gaming Tablet

The Google certified tablet also features 8GB of internal memory with a microSD slot for up to 64GB of additional space, a mini-HDMI port to connect the GamePad to your TV, access to 700,000 apps and games and DRM support for downloading books, magazines, music, movies and TV shows.

Google Nexus 4 to Start Shipping This Week

Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:33 -- Marshall Walker

Some lucky Nexus 4 buyers have received emails from Google informing them that their device will begin shipping sometime this week.

The Nexus 4 smartphone sold out in minutes after its release, and those lucky enough to have placed an order were told by Google that the handset would being shipping "within three weeks". However, some Engadget readers have reported Google has informed them they will begin to receive tracking details for their orders in a few days. This is good news for those who ordered a Nexus 4, or for those who are still waiting to place an order for the sold out device.

Google Nexus 4

Google Pulls Nexus 4 'Notify Me' Option, Track it Anyway

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 20:47 -- Marshall Walker

It was way, way back -- sometime earlier today -- when we reported on a helpful new shopping app named whohas.it, due to be released for Android users later this month. Less than 8 hours later, we're reporting on the whohas.it service once again, but this time in regards to Google's much sought after Nexus 4, which sold out in less than an hour yesterday.

Track and Monitor the Google Nexus 4

Sometime post-sell out, Google pulled its previously available "Notify Me" functionality, which was supposed to notify users when the Nexus 4 was available for purchase. Unfortunately, it was widely reported today that most (if not all) users that signed up to be notified failed to receive any notice at all regarding the Nexus 4's availability, before or after the Nexus 4's rapid sell out.

Helpful, Must-Have Shopping App Coming Soon to Android

Wed, 11/14/2012 - 11:15 -- Colin Breck

Personal shopping assistant whohas.it, which debuted in October on the Apple App Store, is coming soon to Android according to its developers. whohas.it is a new online service that helps weary shoppers locate out of stock, pre-release and otherwise hard to find items by monitoring the availability of those items through online retailers. When these items return to stock or become available for pre-ordering, whohas.it sends mobile, email or desktop alerts to its users.

whohas.it app icon

Both the whohas.it web site and iPhone/iPad app have simple, easy to use interfaces. Simply "follow" a product (ala Facebook "Likes" or Twitter follows) if you'd like to keep tabs on it, set your alert preferences and let whohas.it do the rest.

"Stocks are already beginning to shrink or disappear for some of this year's hottest holiday gifts," said a company spokesperson. "Using whohas.it, shoppers can ease the burden of holiday shopping by freeing up all that time that would be otherwise spent driving from store to store or endlessly searching the web for the products they want."

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